Tomorrow I’m going to my first “big concert,” not counting my family jaunt to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra a few holiday seasons ago. I love everything that Florence has ever done, so I’m really really excited. But as I packed for this trip to experience great music and hopefully also lease an apartment AGH, I realized that I have no idea what to wear.
A “basic” problem, but I was approaching it intellectually, not actually worrying about it. Somehow this issue seemed specific to Florence + The Machine. It’s easy to pick what aesthetic suits most of the other icons I’d like to see perform. For Beyoncé I’d wear something that makes me feel like a badass bitch, accented with daring, semi-aggressive makeup. For Adele I’d go classy, perhaps a little retro, with some edge and some glamour. Rihanna? Something so out of the box that I’ve never been able to get myself to wear it out no matter how much I love it. Lady Gaga? Full drag. Easy peasy. But Flo, she’s complex. Her vibe is singular in a sea of sameness. Her style is everything I’d ever want to wear, over and over again, spanning and spectacular.
So here are some possible ways to dress for a Florence + The Machine Concert, what makes them enticing, and what makes them not so enticing.
Modern Flower Child
Crotchet, fringe, boho-prints, kimonos, and you’d better not forget your flower crown! This aesthetic focuses on projecting a oneness with nature while not bothering to hide how very manufactured the execution actually is. Alternate title: rich-girl hippy.
Pros: Florence has been known to rock flowers in her hair semi-regularly! This suggests you could be on a similar wavelengths! Groovy!
Cons: You very well might look like one of those Coachella chicks who seems to be way more into maintaining her “effortless” look in the absurd heat and desert dust than she is into actually enjoying the music. Not the best comparison.
Off-Beat Vintage Dame
You march to the beat of your own drum and have a style that is truly your own. Gorgeous fabrics and detailing from another time somehow become timeless in your styling, you pinacle of personality!
Pros: Perhaps the strongest aesthetic for reverberating notes ala Florence. Your individuality will shine through in every fabulous article.
Cons: Concerts are full of sweating, dancing, and spilling, aka potential rippage and stainage. Also, comfort is key when you’re trying to shake the Devil off your back! You don’t want your pieces to be so good that you have to worry about their wellbeing.
Leather and boots and jeans and an I-don’t-give-a-fuck-what-you-think attitude? Very tempting. Everybody loves a t-shirt, a flannel, a choker, and general statement-making simplicity!
Pros: Moving is easy. You appear as carefree and sound in yourself as you are. If you like loud lipstick but don’t feel like wearing any other makeup, that’s great! You own that! You own everything!
Cons: It’s summer. You’re in a jam-packed arena. The weather alone was gonna contribute to 81 degrees of unpleasantness, but with all this goddamn body heat? This look sounds like it utilizes a lot of body coverage and layers on layers. If you do it without those aspects you’ll probably be happy, but be careful not to overheat!
Nothing says, “I refuse to suffer in this wardrobe-picking purgatory” like a good, very old-fashioned, burlap sack. You can make it your own with accessories, or just embrace the simplicity of bein’ a babe in a bag. Bag-tastic!
Pros: No one else will have this look! Statement making on a whole new level, and truly asserting that you do not give a fuck. You really don’t. It’s a burlap sack.
Cons: Not a very breathable fabric. Definitely running the risk of some pretty severe chaffing as well. Also, someone could mistake your disdain for the fashion olympics as a journey into the avant garde! You could end up on a street style blog when you were really going for the opposite effect. How embarrassing.
If burlap isn’t minimalist enough for you, there’s always nudity. Nudity is available at any budget and shows not only a disregard for the pressures of concert fashion, but also a disregard for everyone around you in this public place!
Pros: Oh man, so many. You won’t overheat, you can move easily without any restrictions, you won’t damage any clothing since you aren’t wearing any, and NO ONE will categorize your style based on this encounter because your style will be elusive. You’ll be mysterious. That’s pretty impressive in the digital era where we all share everything all the time!
Cons: Possibly getting arrested.
Options, options. Whew! Leaning towards burlap myself. I don’t really mind being mistaken for a master of the avant-garde, though of course I would pretend that I did. Reluctance to the public eye is alluring, right? Probably.